A retail location in Franklin that sells inmate-made crafts has closed, and the goods will now be sold by the state in Concord.
Grevior Furniture closed Corrections Creations earlier this year following disagreement with the state, co-owner Andrea Grevior said. The Department of Corrections is now renovating a showroom across from the men’s prison in Concord to sell the wares.
The shop, at 312 N. State St., is scheduled to open May 23 and will sell baskets, jewelry, furniture, wooden game boards and paintings – all made by inmates in the state’s hobby craft program.
Prisoners have been unable to sell their wares since the two-story Franklin shop – adjacent to the Grevior showroom – closed in mid-winter. Sixty-five percent of sales go back to the inmates, who have to purchase their own supplies and materials.